Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Heather Allen

The Sound of Shooting Stars

This is a Mature Young Adult Novel and includes references to sex and adult language.

Jamie Grey grew up tossed around between foster homes. At an early age he shut the world out, deciding he wouldn’t care. Whatever life had to throw at him, he would look the other way. Now his senior year is about to start and he’s been forced into yet another new home. This will be the last time, he assures himself. When an unexpected curveball comes his way in the form of a certain stubborn seventeen year old girl, Jamie soon finds out that life doesn’t always work out the way you plan it.

Beckett Chase has been entitled her entire life. Living in the plush landscape of Palm Beach, Florida, she’s never wanted for anything. She’s always taken what and who she wants with no remorse. When she sets her sights on Jamie Grey and she’s met with rejection, her descent from the top begins.

With a twist of events causing Jamie and Beckett’s worlds to collide, will they be able to put aside their differences or will fate intervene offering an entirely different option?

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Manda's 3 Star Review:

Jamie Grey has been moved from terrible foster home to terrible foster home his whole life. Now finally almost 18 he just has to survive this last home. The only problem is their spoiled daughter obviously doesn't want him there.
Beckett Chase always gets what she wants. She is popular and entitled and is completely put out when her parents take on a foster child. Who cares if he is really good looking and attracting the attention of her closest friends. The more she tries to hate him the more interested in him she find herself, but then her whole world comes crashing down around her and she has to devise a plan to make it back to the top.

First, I just want to say I loved the storyline! I like that it was the guy who was in the foster care system and came to live with the spoiled rich girl. I have read so many books that were the opposite. I also loved the constellation descriptions at the beginning of each chapter. I just had some trouble getting into the story. Some parts seemed to go by too fast and other parts had trouble keeping my attention. I just never really developed a connection to the characters that would allow me to give this book a higher rating.

My 3 Star Review!!

Jamie Grey grew up being passed from one home to another trying desperately to find a place where he would fit in. With less than a year left until his 18th birthday, Jamie finds himself with the Chase family. Wealthy and completely different than any family he has ever been placed with, the Chase family agrees to foster him until he heads off to college. The only problem with this scenario is Beckett, who is the only child the Chase’s. Beckett is a spoiled rotten brat (for lack of better words). She feels like she is entitled to whatever she wants regardless if it hurts others. She puts on a good front and people believe she is this way, but deep down she is hiding hurt and anger.

There were things I really liked about this story, but there were a few things I found wrong also. I really liked the concept of having the guy being in foster care and the story forming around him. In most books the female is the lead character. Although this book is based around Jamie’s struggles and issues, Beckett truly grows in this book. She could possibly be one of my least favorite heroines before her growth. One of the things didn’t really like about the book was that everything felt like it happened extremely quickly between Beckett and Jamie. Although the author did space it out, I just felt like there wasn’t much interaction between the two. Overall, this book was pretty YA in a lot of the situations, but was not a bad read. I would suggest the author keep pushing and follow her dreams!!


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